Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

History

First Advisor

Susan K. Kent

Second Advisor

Mithi Mukherjee

Third Advisor

David Gross

Fourth Advisor

Lucy Chester

Fifth Advisor

Katherine Eggert

Abstract

What were the causal factors of the rise of Indian feminist nationalists in the interwar era and what was their impact on nationalist politics in India, politics in Britain, and global politics during that time? Through an analysis of the personal papers and correspondence of Interwar British and Indian feminists and feminist organizations, I trace the development of Indian interwar feminist nationalist ideology and its impact on Indian nationalism, British politics, and global politics. I demonstrate that Indian feminist nationalists not only developed their own nationalist ideology centered on the idea of their moral superiority to the British government, but that they also, through their unity which transcended class, linguistic, religious, and caste barriers, motivated British feminists to help them achieve leadership rolls in global politics through inclusion in leadership rolls in the League of Nations.

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